Hi, I was just wondering when you can start taking a birth control pill after having a baby. I just want to be on the safe side after giving birth and not get pregnant IF something happens. Of course ill be using 2 birth control methods but just because me and him both agreed not til we're married doesn't mean its gonna stay like that. Some one plz help! thanx
Posts: 4 | From: sarnia | Registered: Mar 2002
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That is a question you should really address to your doctor, preferably before the birth of the baby. Good for you for being concerned about being protected after delivery, because pregnancy still is a concern. It is my understanding that you can begin the shortly after delivery, but that it is something you will have to discuss with your doctor to make sure that there are no health factors for you that would make that a problem.
Ask your doctor about it during your next appointment so that he/she can work with you to form a birth control plan that can be implimented as soon after delivery as possible.
You will definitely have plenty of opportunities to discuss birth control before your baby is born. I got an extensive birth control lecture as part of my new-parent teaching before I was allowed to leave the hospital.
I noticed you said you were pregnant in another thread. When is your duedate? Are you getting prenatal care? If you haven't yet started getting prenatal care, I'd advise you to make an appointment to start as soon as humanly possible. Just a friendly reminder from your friendly neighborhood prenatal care supporter
another thing to consider is if you're going to be breastfeeding or not, because i'm not exactly sure on whether or not it's OK to take birth control pills / hormonal forms of birth controll while you're breastfeeding.
I just stayed away from it completely, and have been using barrier methods...
After you have the baby if you still wish to take birth control pills your doctor will give you a different kind if you will be breastfeeding.
My cousin had a son and after the delivery the doctor gave her the mini-pill (I think that's what it's called,) and the doctor told her that it was only about 80 something percent effective.
But I'm sure your situation won't be exactly the same. Like everyone else has said, it is very important that you seek prenatal care and you can talk about your birth control with a qualified health professional.
Good Luck and Best Wishes!
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